Degree: BS Criminology & Justice Studies ’19
Concentration: Justice Informatics
Co-op: Desktop technician, Day & Zimmermann
Extracurricular activities: Club softball
What were some of your most memorable travel experiences through Drexel?
My junior year, I went on an Intensive Course Abroad to Norway and Sweden, where we studied the difference between the American criminal justice system and the Scandinavian criminal justice system. It was an amazing experience to see how different cultures deal with crime in different ways.
Coolest experience you’ve had through your major?
The coolest experience I’ve had through my major was participating in a side-by-side Community-Based Learning course at a local prison. Being able to break down the barrier between society and the incarcerated was extremely eye opening, and still the best experience I’ve had at Drexel.
How was your co-op experience?
My co-op experience as a desktop technician at Day & Zimmermann was great, and I was offered an extended internship after my co-op was over. Now that I’ve almost completed my degree, they are allowing me to stay on as a temporary employee. While the job may not be the exact thing that I want to pursue in life, I did learn a lot, and with every learning experience came something that could be used in my future career.
Why would you recommend the CJS program at Drexel?
I would recommend the CJS program due to its versatility. Our advisor, Mica Storer, is an excellent resource and will work with you to make your time here at Drexel the best. She is extremely helpful when students consider minors or double majors, or even just to talk to in general about concerns. The faculty in the department is small, and therefore students are able to build good relationships with a large majority of the professors in the department. They are all very willing to talk whenever, and are great resources for co-op, future job opportunities and career advice.
What advice do you have for a high school student looking for an undergraduate program?
Don’t be afraid of not having your mind made up about what you want as a career. Many majors require undergraduate students to take a years’ worth of general classes, which gives you a taste of many different fields. Also, have fun!
What are your goals for after graduation? What do you hope to do with your Drexel degree?
After I graduate, I plan to work and deepen my knowledge in the realm of technology and security. I hope to work for Homeland Security or some government agency, working in security or cyber-security.